The Electoral College Should Be Abolished

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During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the Founding Fathers of America instituted the Electoral College. The Electoral College is a system in which the populous does not vote directly for a presidential candidate, but rather for representatives that would vote on their behalf. The political party that won the popular vote in a state would be able to have their state representatives vote in the election;the presidential candidate with the most electoral votes wins, so long as the votes reach 270 out of the 538 votes. Even though the representatives can go against their party, the Founding Fathers established this system to prevent a pure democracy and encourage coalition building. A pure democracy is defined as a type of government where the population determines all political policies directly. The majority vote always wins. Although this may sound fair, pure democracies allow the majority to tyrannically reign over the minority; this could be applied to ethnic groups as well as states. With the Electoral College, smaller states are…show more content…
This seems deceptive because the people of that state vote for their party, not the opposing side. However, as seen multiple times in history, representatives have voted against their party. Although it seems as if the state representatives have the power to manipulate the majority’s vote, it is noted that the people choose their representatives (so the voters receive what they voted for). Through the establishment of the Electoral College, people are allowed to vote for their representatives, candidates have a better understanding of the nation’s needs, and there is more equal representation. It is with these reasons that I support the Electoral College and do not think that it should be modified nor abolished. The Founders of America used great discernment when creating this
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